[October 2021] – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is proud to announce the launch of a new grant program aimed at bolstering local businesses in the Southland region. This initiative draws inspiration from the successful community investment strategies exemplified in the Pullman area, as highlighted in the WBEZ article.

The grant program is designed to provide crucial financial support to local businesses, fostering growth and sustainability. It reflects DCEO’s commitment to community-driven economic development and acknowledges the unique challenges and opportunities faced by businesses in the region.

Applications for the grants are now open, with the DCEO encouraging all eligible local businesses to apply. This program is a part of a broader strategy to revitalize the Southland region’s economy, focusing on collaborative and inclusive growth.

For more information about the grant program, eligibility criteria, and application process, please visit the Southland Development Authority’s website and this article on our website for guidance. .

About DCEO

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is dedicated to supporting economic growth across all regions of the state. DCEO’s programs and initiatives aim to empower local communities and businesses, ensuring a thriving and inclusive economy.

About Southland Development Authority

The Southland Development Authority is a nonprofit business organization launched in 2019 by business, civic, and political leaders from around the Southland who recognize the potential of the region’s people, businesses, and real estate. Our mission is to bring the resources and capacity needed to achieve transformative, inclusive economic growth for the south suburbs with a focus on investments in the Southland’s communities, industry, housing, and workforce.

We work steadfastly to connect Southland business owners, investors, and individuals with key resources to operate and thrive in the region, from equipping mid-size and small businesses in our Business Growth services Program with customized advice and consulting services, to helping local residents access the tools needed to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With a deep institutional knowledge of the Southland’s people, markets, and history and our multifaceted, experienced team, the Southland Development Authority is a powerful partner for any individual, business, or investor.

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